Raymond Loewy the Father of Industrial Design

Raymond Loewy Industrial design
1951 Studebaker Commander Convertible, with Loewy at the wheel, pacing a PRR T1 Duplex – artist Chris Ludlow

Historians refer to Raymond Loewy as the designer of the modern world. He began his career drawing for Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue before moving into industrial design towards the end of the 1920s.

“There is a frantic race to merchandise tinsel and trash under the guise of ‘modernism’. I can claim to have made the daily life of the 20th Century more beautiful.” — Raymond Loewy

Loewy studied engineering at the Université de Paris and École de Laneau, before emigrating to the United States of America in 1919 (See 23 Images, or click here for Flickr slideshow).
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3D Printing at Home: Is it Practical or a Fad?

3D Printing
Soon 3D Food printing may become a possibility

The allure of 3D printing has many scrambling to the Internet, ready to purchase one of these incredible devices.

The prospect of creating anything your imagination can develop has an immense amount of support and ranks pretty high on the “coolness” factor scale.

NASA hopes to imitate Star Trek’s food replicator for in-flight food production on inter-planetary missions

With all of its glory, is it really that practical a purchase for the average Joe for home use? While 3D printing can have endless possibilities, users are still restricted by their own limitations.
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How To Make Your Bachelor Pad A Comfortable Home

batchelor pad
Aim for a low maintenance, easy-to-clean home

Being a bachelor (or hey, a bachelorette) can be an awesome time in your life. You’re free to make whatever life-changing decisions you want, like move to the other side of the world or start a new career.

You also have the space to figure out who you are and what kind of life you want. And of course you live alone, where it’s your space, so your rules.

Even though you have nobody to please but yourself in your home, you still want a comfortable living space. Here are ways to make sure your pad is a space to be proud of, so you can enjoy your bachelor years to their fullest.
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Peter Wooldridge South African Artist

Walker Bay Art Gallery
Walker Bay Art Gallery — acrylic on canvas — 50x40cm – click to enlarge

Peter Wooldridge hails from Krugersdorp, a mining town situated in the West Rand district of Gauteng Province, South Africa.

After attending the Johannesburg School of Arts, in 1965 Peter obtained a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Witwatersrand, where he was voted Student of the Year.

He initially followed a career as a Graphic designer, working for a number of top advertising agencies and produced for a number of the leading industrial and commercial entities such as Hewlett Packard and Rand Mines Limited.

Later he began to concentrate full-time on his art and has established a unique style of painting, using various natural mediums. His work has been exhibited by the top galleries in Johannesburg and Pretoria and graces the walls of many private collections, including that of the late industrialist Marino Chiavelli (See 13 Images, or click here for Flickr slideshow).
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5 Fishing Tips For The Eco-Friendly Fisherman

Make your next fishing trip an eco-friendly one
Make your next fishing trip an eco-friendly one

If you’re reading this, it can be assumed that you love to fish. But perhaps this is the first time you’ve stopped to consider that you can do it in a way that’s kinder to the environment.

“Keep an eye out for sensitive flora and other natural elements”

If this is the case, then please continue to find out how you can make your next fishing trip an eco-friendly one.

Fishing gear
Your fishing trip starts by packing your tackle box and it is here where your eco-friendly efforts should start as well. Get rid of all – or most – of your lead equipment and purchase biodegradable bait and line products instead. If your search for these proves unsuccessful, opt for fishing gear made from tin.
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Couples That Work Together Stay Together: Jobs For You And Yours

The couple that works together stays together
The couple that works together stays together

For many couples, heading off to work each day offers a much-needed respite from the pressures of home life. But being apart all day can be a drain on the relationship.

“The couple that works together stays together”

More and more couples are looking for opportunities to work together professionally as well as domestically. If you and your partner are among that group, read on for a few ideas for working together as a twosome.

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Save Geyser Energy While Staying Warm

Mayan Hot Chocolate Winter warmer
Mayan Hot Chocolate Winter warmer – Image: Foodista

Summer is well and truly gone. That probably became obvious when you had to pile on some extra blankets to not shiver yourself to sleep.

Winter can be wonderful, with its call for hot chocolate and staying in with a book. But cosiness has a cost, which you’ll see reflected on your energy bill at the end of the month.

Here are some tips to keep your energy usage down, while still keeping your environment toasty.

Mind that geyser
A big energy guzzler in your home is your geyser. There are a few things here you can do to make it more efficient.
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Star Wars The Wedding

The terrified wedding party with AT-AT walkers
The terrified wedding party with Star Wars Imperial AT-AT Walkers coming behind . . Yikes! — click to enlarge

We’ve all heard of Star Wars the movie. How about Star Wars the wedding?

“So for all you Star Wars fans, this ones for you”
Little Blue Lemon

The intrepid couple pictured here commissioned Toronto-based Little Blue Lemon to create a very special wedding photo – being chased down the street by a terrifying squadron of Star Wars Imperial AT-AT Walkers.

As can be seen from the pics that follow they really threw themselves into the role with enthusiasm.

Apparently, the meme was started by one Quinn Miller, 22, who produced a digitally put together image of a wedding party in Louisiana being chased by a huge T-Rex. Incredibly, the shot was taken in just one shoot lasting 2 minutes.

After Quinn shared the photo on Facebook, things went viral and the pic has now spread across the internet (6 images).
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Native Peoples Contribution to Modern America: More Than Warriors

Chief Big Eagle of the Sioux Indians
Chief Big Eagle of the Sioux Indians circa 1862

Native Americans are a proud, fascinating and diverse group of people.

Though there are hundreds of stories told of their proficiency in battle, unforgivable treatment at the hands of white settlers and fables of their nature-based spiritualism, there aren’t nearly enough shared that comment on their contributions to Americans’ modern experience.

Mostly lost to time, the origins of thousands of products, techniques and skills are nonetheless attributable to Native acumen. It’s important for all Americans to recognize the amazing gifts the Chickasaw, Sioux, Apache, Cherokee and other tribes gave in the form of food, tools, medicine and ideas.
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5 Family-Friendly Adventure Sports Near Cape Town

Family-Friendly

Cape Town is an ideal destination for any family interested in outdoor sports and adventure.

There’s so much for families to do in and around Cape Town that you’ll be spoilt for choice

The activities on offer in this most beautiful area of South Africa include everything from diving, golf and water sports to climbing, hiking and abseiling.

Just don’t forget to take out the right level of travel insurance before heading out for the family adventure of a lifetime.
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